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Difficulty II-IV
Length 0.75 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 06/06/2006 7:08 am

River Description

Low ledges at the start lead directly into the micro canyon and falls visible from the Rock Mill covered bridge. The opening hole to this drop (grabby at higher flows) and a powerful reaction wave off the left wall complicate approach to the falls proper. As the canyon base is slab with a decided downward tilt, the water reaches a considerable speed before launching over the 14-16' vertical at the end. LZ is deep. Watch the recirc in the pool below when flows are high. Class II down to the take-out.

This reach is located about 15 miles SE of Columbus and about five miles west of Lancaster. From Columbus, take Hwy 33 SE to Carroll, turn right on Carroll-Southern Rd, go about 2.5 miles to Lamb Rd (just after hard bend to the left), turn right on Lamb Rd and continue straight to Lithopolis Rd. A left on Lithopolis followed by a near immediate right on Rock Mill Rd puts one at the bridge. The Rock Mill covered bridge is marked in the Ohio edition of the DeLorme atlas

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Matt Muir
11 years ago

Just out of curiosity does anyone know how MUCH is a "good bit of rain"? I have been wanting to run this thing since I started boating and never know if it is runnable and worth the hour drive if it ain't.

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12 years ago

this is actually rock mill creek, the headwaters of the hocking river. flows from north of lancaster to rock mill lake. look for heavy rains from columbus to lancaster. visual from covered bridge. look at the lip, if there is water running over the left side creating an obvious boof lip, you are good to go. the ledges leading into the falls are scrapey at all but high flows( if they aren't the falls will be extra juicy). anymore i hike up the steep road from the pool at the bottom of the falls. i believe it is public property now( tread lightly, regardless). this is a real gem to have in ohio so don't mess up the access. you can do this shuttle with only one vehicle by parking at the covered bridge and hiking to the top. the gorge is committing with only one hike out/ access via a steep billy goat trail on river right directly above the fall's last chance eddy(which has the only boulder sitting in it, river left, this boulder must have a good bit of water b/n it and river left for the run to go). a truly amazing place. i rock out a right stroke, late boof , tight off the left wall(the obvious boof lip). the hole can be meaty but usually pushes.

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Visual from Rock Mill covered bridge, high water run.

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New Hydro Project for Cuyahoga (OH)

Thomas O'Keefe

The Cuyahoga River, the river that burned, played a pivotal role in the birth of the nation's river conservation movement. While restoration gains have been significant, a proposal for a new hydropower project on a dam targeted for removal would represent a signficant setback in ongoing restoration efforts and would delay for at least half a century any effort to bring back the lost whitewater that sits buried behind the Ohio Edison Gorge Dam. Paddler participation at upcoming scoping meetings is important.

Matt Muir


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